It has been non-stop for the last two days and we have managed to clock over 1200km already! After enjoying an amazing night's star gazing at Omarama campsite we decided to head on to Dunedin (East Coast). We stopped off at a couple of touristy sites in the morning, including some Maori rock art (not very impressive) and then the Elephant Rocks (very impressive). These were really cool as they are giant limestone rocks that are just dotted across a farmer's field. They look like sleeping giants and according to our faithful handy map it is where they filmed some parts of Narnia due to its magical appearance!
After this, Chris had the fantastic idea of making a detour from the main road to take Dansey's Pass and cut inland through the mountains. What at first seemed like a great idea turned out to be a nightmare as the 'pass' is not a sealed road and consists of very loose gravel with shear drops down the mountain! I got a little worried and this didn't help matters as it took nearly 2 hours to get to the other end! Never mind we made it, and eventually arrived at Dunedin just in time to camp up at a powered campsite woohoo skype time!
Today we spent the day exploring the Otago Peninsula; it has been exhausting as we managed to fit in two big walks that included massive uphill climbs!
First we went to Sandfly Bay where we were lucky enough to see 4 massive sea lions on the beach just happily sunbathing, they were so podgy and cute…we didn't get too close though!
We then stopped off in Dunedin to have a quick look at second hand bookshops before making our way to the Tunnel Beach Walkway. This takes you down a sheer cliff before heading out onto a small peninsula where there are the most amazing tunnels cut out of the rocks. We went down one particular tunnel and I felt like Alice in Wonderland going down the rabbit hole! The best bit was out the other end was a tiny secluded beach and we had a picnic on one of the rocks feeling like real explorers as we had it all to ourselves J
After all the walking we decided to do some serious driving and take the Southern Scenic Route all the way to Bluff (NZ's Lands End), which is honestly a tiny place that doesn't really have a lot going on, but we are staying here tonight before heading up to Queensland tomorrow!
Enjoy the pics!
Netti & Chris xxx